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Kumusta mga Ka-UPAAT? Mag-papasko na naman!
With winter fast approaching, Ontario province will soon begin offering booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable populations who have had their last dose at least six months prior to getting the booster. Many of us took advantage of the nice weather this fall to reconnect and bond with family and friends while following public health protocols. Let us continue keeping ourselves healthy and safe as we navigate our way towards better days ahead.


In response to the call of our Alma Mater to assist financially-challenged students during this pandemic, the UPAAT University Relations Committee spearheaded the awarding of educational assistance to five Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral Program recipients*: 1 student - UP Open University (Associate in Arts); 2 students - UP Diliman (BS Physical Education and BS Geography; 1 student – UP Mindanao (BS Agribusiness Economics); 1 student - UP Visayas (BS Biology). 
The UP Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng Iskolar na Bayan Program is a fundraiser that aims to equip financially-challenged students with computers or laptops and internet connectivity with the shift to online mode of learning and other to restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each scholar received P110,000 covering four-year support for a total of P550,000. A virtual Meet and Greet between UPAAT’s University Relations Committee headed by Helen Balderama and the UP Foundation Executive Director Edgar Atanacio was held on November 4, 2021.
(*Names withheld in adherence to UP’s
Data Privacy Policy and the Student Learning Assistance System's privacy policy)

From left to right: UP Foundation Executive Director Edgar Atanacio, UPAAT past President Alice Herrera, Fundraising Committee Chair Anna Florence Ponce de Leon, University Relations Committee member Bayani Bernabe, UPAAT current President Agnes Manasan, University Relations Committee member Gena Baldivia, University Relations Committee Chair Helen Balderama, University Relations Committee member Rene Sevilla.
Motivated to see friends and to enjoy the fall foliage, thirty-six (36) UP alumni and some family members joined the Hello Kapitbahay event led by the Socials and Events Committee, on October 30 at the Out of the Blue Lifestyle Farm in Mono, Ontario.
UP alumna, Pau Velosco and her husband, Michael Jacobs, opened the doors to their 88-acre property, which, among other features, included a vineyard, a hiking trail,  a Victorian period barn, and a stone house. Members first gathered in the Christmas-decorated main house. There was no shortage of food, as arriving UPAAT members filled the buffet table with their potluck contributions. Some brought pies and other sweet delicacies from local bakery, Peaceful Valley Farm.

Program host Vivienne Lotilla-dela Cruz welcomed everyone with high energy. Attendees were asked to introduce themselves, and new members Anchor Assistin and Paul Pacheco, who just arrived in Canada this year were welcomed to UPAAT. Following the introductions, Shelley Saracin and Jonna Pe spearheaded the popular TikTok game, Put Your Finger Down, where participants raise their hands in the air and put their fingers down every time they answer “yes” to any of the prompted questions. Throughout the event, the Socials & Events Committee held a raffle for highly coveted beauty and wellness prizes, care of Arbonne Canada and Art of Wellness Clinic. Diana Roldan won the main prize – a free night at Out of the Blue Lifestyle Farm.
The event concluded with Pau Veloso and her son, Ulap, touring the attendees around the property. “Thank you for visiting my home”, Pau said. “Nabuhayan yung lugar with my fellow alumni’s energy.”
More photos here courtesy of Rene Sevilla: 
Mono Photos
The UPAAT Mentoring Program welcomed 13 mentees to its second cohort during the virtual Mentee Orientation on October 28, 2021. The program led by the Education and Awareness Committee members continues to support Filipino-Canadian professionals in achieving their career goals.

The relevance of mentoring was highlighted by acknowledging the importance of having a mentor to be successful in navigating professional career paths especially for UP graduates who are Internationally Educated Professionals and are facing employment barriers. Mentors at the orientation shared inspirational stories of their beginnings, their career journey and successful mentoring relationships they have been involved in. The mentees will be paired with mentors, who are accomplished individuals selected from industries matching the interests of the participants. The second cohort will meet with specialists in marketing, finance, business development and technology.
Stay tuned for success stories from the mentoring program!.

Members of the Education and Awareness Committee share their insights on mentoring to new mentees.
Join us in a webinar with our guest speakers Anna and Jordan as they share their own journeys of reaching their entrepreneurship goals on November 25, 2021; Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm

Jordan and 4 other colleagues created the Northern Nanotechnologies (now Vive Crop Protection) and is one of the top growing Agri-tech companies in Canada.

Anna steered the media, experiential and administrative direction of AV Communications, a multicultural agency that was recognized among the top 100 creative advertising agencies in Canada.
Register here

Project Balik-Tanaw Team members Rex Manasan, Rene Sevillla, Romeo Herrera, Ester Toribio, and Leo Mascarinas with the Publications and Promotions Committee have started the mission of capturing UPAAT's rich history through videos.

You can now reminisce past gatherings and activities by watching videos on the "UPAAT in Action" Page on our website.  If you have photos you want to share, email UPAAT PuPComm:  

Balik Tanaw: UPAAT's 2nd Decade from 1987 to 1996

Watch on UPAAT Website
Hit the Subscribe Button on our YouTube Channel

Watch-out for exciting games and activities from the Fundraising Committee in the coming months. 

All proceeds from these activities will fund our philanthropy work for individuals and communities in need back home and here in Canada.

Nakisama ka na sa pa-kwela, nakatulong ka pa! Kaya, sali na!

UPAAT Council Statement:
Philippine Presidential Election 2022
7 months until the next Philippine Presidential Election and your UPAAT Council Members are eager to engage and discuss on how we can make a difference in choosing the Philippines ' future leaders.

Here's what you can expect from us
·   While we may not endorse any candidate, we will be creating platforms that will direct you on where to learn more about these candidates
·    We will engage in learning opportunities on how you can be an active participant in this democratic process
·    We will send out important dates and information related to this election especially for our registered Filipino-Canadian voters
·   We will create an open environment where political discussions are encouraged, one that is rooted in respect inclusivity and non-judgmental forums.
·  Above all, we will be a guiding voice to support those who can participate in this election to make their voices heard and to go out and vote.

More information to follow on future events from your Council Members
#PHVote #WeDecide #Halalan2022

The UP Alumni Association invites you to:
UPLB sa Halalan 2022: Voters’ Conversation on the Role of Youth, Academe, and Media in the 2022 Elections on November 16, 2021  9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Katuwang ang Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines), Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo, STAR MAGIC, Bantay Halalan Laguna 2022, Radyo DZLB Ang Tinig ng Kaunlaran, at LB Times, samahan ninyo kaming talakayin at unawain ang halaga ng masusing pagbabantay sa mga kaganapan sa darating na halalan at ang mga maaari nating gawin bilang mamamayan upang maging maayos at matalino ang pagpili ng ating mga susunod na lingkod-bayan.


Register here
UPAAT would like to thank the continued support of our following sponsors: Atty. Antonio Villarin, BodyBliss, Bliss Builders Toronto, Dr. Vicky Santiago, Intercontinental Toronto Center, Joy of All Trades Services, LBC Express, Michelle Montojo of Sun Life Financial, PNB Global Remit, Sherwin Dimaculangan, Broker of Record, Remax, and Mr. Yuri Ching, Realtor. Please check our Online Business Directory for more details.
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